Veteran infielder DJ LeMahieu is supposedly the New York Yankees’ top offseason priority. But the more his free agency drags on, the more he is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Justin Terranova of the New York Post.
The LA Times reported that LeMahieu is precisely whom they Dodgers will pursue if they can’t reach a deal with third baseman Justin Turner. Round and round, the free agency game goes.
Per the LA Times, the Dodgers are also considering trades for Kris Bryant, Eugenio Suárez, Mike Moustakas and Kyle Seager.
But let’s stick to LeMahieu for now. Like the Yankees, the Dodgers are regular contenders with cash. That makes them a viable option for LeMahieu.
“The defending World Series champs also have the payroll flexibility to afford LeMahieu,” Terranova wrote. “That is the question that lurks for the Yankees, as they seek to stay under the $210 million luxury tax threshold. That leaves the Yankees with about $30 million to spend this offseason, as they also deal with a lack of rotation depth that likely will have to be addressed.”
LeMahieu, 32, is a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. He batted .364 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in last year’s pandemic-shortened season.